We are pleased to announce that the 29th CDB Meeting "Mavericks, new models in developmental biology" will be held on October 19 (Thursday) and 20 (Friday), 2017 at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe, Japan.

After the discovery of homeotic mutation in Drosophila melanogaster a century ago, the field of developmental biology has advanced tremendously but limited by, the contribution of a handful of model organisms such as Arabidopsis, Drosophila, C. elegans, chick, Xenopus, zebrafish, and mice. While these organisms have been leveraged for various technical and scientific reasons, the advent of next-generation sequencing and genome editing has opened the door to address broader questions concerning the principles of ontogeny using an expanded repertoire of species among the estimated 8.7 million.

The aim of this CDB Meeting is to gather new organisms studied in the area of development, regeneration, social biology and evolution including carnivorous plants, naked mole-rats, mouse lemurs, etc. While looking into the biodiversity itself may highlight the design principles of diverse organisms and apply them to curative and preventive medicine, our goal is to bring together our retrospective knowledge on what we have learnt from classic model organism driven experimental embryology (organizer and body axis formation in Xenopus, experimental manipulations in chicken) and discuss the impact of the mavericks (new organisms) on future developmental biology to ultimately reconstruct our body of knowledge on the fundamental principles of life and its evolutionary diversification.

The program will include both oral and poster sessions. We encourage submission of abstracts for the poster session from scientists in various fields to increase opportunities for lively and exciting discussion. Several abstracts will be selected for oral presentations. A limited number of travel fellowships for graduate students and post-docs traveling to Japan will also be available.

We look forward to welcoming you in Kobe and the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology.

Meeting Organizers


Carina Hanashima (RIKEN CDB, Japan)
Hiroshi Kiyonari (RIKEN CLST, Japan)
Shigeru Kuratani (RIKEN, Japan)
Richard R. Behringer (The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA)


October 19 (Thu) - 20 (Fri), 2017


RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology (CDB)
Auditorium, 1F Building C
2-2-3, Minatojima-minamimachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-0047, Japan
(Approximately 5 minutes walk from "Iryo Center" port-liner train station)
For details, please see "Access".


English (Simultaneous translation will not be provided)

Participation Fee

FREE (Lunch and Banquet fee required separately - optional)
Lunch (October 19): 1,000 JPY (1 day)
Banquet (October 19): 5,000 JPY (General) / 1,000 JPY (Student)


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